Friday, 24 April 2015
Satisfy Your Insatiable Sweet Tooth With These Healthier Nibbles
Don't ignore your dessert cravings! When that sweet tooth calls for a lusciously decadent treat, feel good reaching for these healthier alternatives that'll offer a bit of nutrition and that sweet taste your taste buds lust after — you won't be disappointed!
If you're craving something rich and creamy like a milkshake, a smoothie makes a healthier option. To give fruit smoothies a more creamy consistency, add protein powder, yoghurt, or soy milk. Here's a vegan smoothie recipe that
tastes just like a vanilla milkshake
. Or if you've got a chocolate craving, go for this
mixed berry and chocolate smoothie
Pancakes and waffles aren't strictly reserved for the breakfast table. If you're craving something like a cupcake, turn to recipes like
cinnamon oatmeal waffles
whole wheat sweet potato pancakes
topped with honey nut yogurt instead. Make a big batch and keep a few in the freezer when cravings strike.
Grab Your Spoon
If ice cream is your weakness, save calories by filling your bowl with these vegan alternatives made with frozen fruit. Go for
banana peanut butter
or this one
made with mango
. One serving is only 150 calories.
For Creamy Cravings
If frozen fruit just won't cut it, and you know ice cream is too high in fat and calories, frozen yoghurt makes a great alternative. Try making these
30-calorie frozen yoghurt cups
. Or for a quick creamy treat, dress up thick, rich non-fat Greek yoghurt with
these dessert ideas
Some Like It Hot
When a cold snack just won't do, bake up some fruit — sans the buttery pie crust. Pop some berries, pears, or apples into the oven (or even the microwave) with a touch of maple syrup and cinnamon sprinkled over the top.
When it's finished, add a small sprinkling of granola or nuts to give the allusion of a crust. Here's a
video showing how to make baked apples
or, if you have more time, bake up this
apple pear oatmeal crisp
the next time a pie craving hits.
For serious cookie cravings, skip the butter and eggs and make healthier no-bakes instead. These
peanut butter crisp balls
are vegan, or if you want a fruitier flavour, try these
cherry almond protein coconut balls
made with cottage cheese — both are around 78 calories apiece.
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